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Research on Spirituality, Religion and Health.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality concluded that religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health. The researchers are tying to understand religion, spirituality and health and developed a theoretical model to define spirituality and religion. They say religiousness included formal religious affiliation and service attendance and is associated with better health habits, such as lower smoking ratesand reduced alcohol consumption. Spirituality, including meditation and private prayer, helps regulate emotions, which aids physiological effects such  as blood pressure. The researchers say ther can be some influence of religion and spirituality on health and more research is needed to test the theory and examine contrasts between the two pathways in order to improve research.

 

Peace Mother Geeta Sacred Song and Roy Nelson Guests on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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Yesterday Peace Mother Geeta Sacred Song and Roy Nelson were interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, on Faith, Healing, and Spirituality.

Peace Mother Geeta is a Mayan Shaman and Enlightened Master and founder of the Sacred Peace Center. She has published 9 CDs and two books. More information was published earlier on this blog and can be found http://www.sacredpeace.org

Roy Nelson overcome many hardships in life and turned to his faith to become a spiritual leader to many. More information is available on a earlier blog on this site and at http://www.thenelsoncenter.com
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Swami Radhanath and Betsy Thompson Interviewed on Faith, Healing and Spirituality

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

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Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, interviewed Radhanath Swami and Betsy Thompson on yesterday’s show on BBS Radio.

Radhanath Swami is dedicated to “God’s service”, has taken a vow of poverty, celibracy and abstinence from intoxicants and has no property, no bank account, and not a penny to his name. But he has found the one thing many strive for: the path to enlightenment. On the show he talks about this path and his book The Journal Home: Autobiograpy of an American Swami. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found http://radhanathswami.com

Betsy Thompson has always worked with the media and has written 6 books including Walking Through Illusion: Jesus Speaks of the People Who Shared His Journey. More information was presented earlier here or can be found at http://betsythompson.com

Dr Harold G. Koenig and Mary McManus Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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Mary Magnus

Dr Carl O. Helvie, Host, of the Holistic Health Show interviewed Dr Harold G. Koenig, M.D. and Mary McManus yesterday. Dr Koenig, one of the two lead interviews on the Spirituality, Faith and Healing series is internationally known for his research, writing and lecturing in this field of practice. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate professor of Medicine at Duke University and is also a registered nurse. He is founding co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke and has published around 350 articles in peer reviewed journals, and nearly 40 books. He has appeared on over 50 national and international television programs, over 100 national or international radio programs, and been interviewed in hundreds of national and international newspapers and magazines. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at: Http://www.SpiritualityandHealth.Duke.Edu/about/HKoenig

Ms Mary McManus is a poet, fund raiser, former award winning social worker and Boston Marathon finisher. She is also a post polio survivor who receives inspiration poetry from God. She has written two inspirational poetry books and is working on a third with Dr Bernie Siegel. More information was presented earlier on this bolog and can also be found at: www.marymcmanus.com

The interview follows:

Effect on Health of Leaving a Strict Religious Group

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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Researchers reporting in the current issue of the Journal of health and Social Behavior looked at the effect on health of individuals leaving their religious group. They looked at a total of 30,523 cases collected between 1972 and 2006 in the General Social Survey. In this group, over 10,000 moved to another religious group and over 2,000 dropped out of religion completely. In the sample, there were 423 members in strict religious groups and 96 changed to another group and 54 left all religions.

They found that 40% of those in the strict religious groups reported being in excellent health but only 25% of those who switched to another group reported being in excellent health. In addition, only 20% of those from the strict religious group who dropped out reported being in excellent health. For the strict religious group, the difference between the excellent health reported by those who switched and did not switch was statistically significant. They also found that people raised and remaining in strict religious groups more often reported being in better health than those affiliated with other religious groups. Those groups considered to be strict were religious groups with strict social, moral and physical guidelines for members such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Researchers believe the reasons for the declining health of those leaving strict religious groups may be that there are requirements to abstain from unhealthy behavior, such as alcohol and tobacco use, and both formal and informal structures to promote positive health and for social networking. The also think religious beliefs may offer hope and encouragement and thereby improve health. The researchers warn that leaving a strict religious group may not cause poor health because poor health could actually be a causal factor in leaving the religious group. More research is needed.

Dr Harold G Koenig and Mary McManus To Be Interviewed on Spirituality, Faith and Healing

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

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Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, will interview Dr Harold Koenig, and Mary McManus on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST Station 1 (www.bbsradio.com)

Dr Koenig, M.D., MHSc is the second lead interview for this series (Dr Bernie Siegel was interviewed for the last show) . Dr Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical training at the University of California at San Francisco and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, and is on the faculty at Duke University as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also a registered nurse (R.N.).

Dr Koenig is founder and former director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health, and is founding Co-Director of the Current Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. He has published extensively in the fields of mental health. geriatrics, and religion, with close to 350 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and nearly 40 books in print or in preparation. He is the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine and of Science and Theology News. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on over 50 national and international TV news programs (including the Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, and several times on Good Morning America), over 100 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR and BBC interviews), and hundreds of national and international newspapers and magazines (including cover stories for Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and Newsweek) Dr Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (September, 1998) and the U.S. House of Representatives (September 2008) concerning the effects of religious involvement on public health. He has been interviewed by James Dobson on Focus on the Family and by “Robert Schuller in the Crystal Cathedral on the Hour of Prayer. He has also been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

Dr Koenig’s latest books include The Healing Power of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2001), The Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford University Press, 2001:2011 forthcoming), his autobiography, The Healing Connection (2004), Faith and Mental Health (2005), In the Wake of Disaster (Templeton Press), Spirituality in Patient Care, 2nd Edition (2007), and Medicine, Religion and Health ((2008) Published by Templeton Foundation Press. Dr Koenig travels extensively to give workshops and seminar presentations. More information is available at: http://www.spiritualityandhealth.duke.edu/about/hkoenig/

Ms Mary McManus is a poet, fund raiser, former award winning social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs, 2009 Boston Marathon Finisher, inspirational speaker, and an award winner in her “new life” discovered a whole new world was waiting to unfold before her after the life altering diagnosis of post polio syndrome in December 2006.

Mary was diagnosed with paralytic polio at age 5 and overcome the childhood challenges of polio, an abusive alcoholic father and a drug addicted mother by immersing herself in her academic career. She was high school valedictorian and later received a BS in Communications from Boston University and a Masters of Social Work from Boston College where she was induced into the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu.

While working at Veterans Affairs, Mary received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from the Blind Veterans Association, was Social Worker of the Year, and employee of the month but was forced to leave in 2007 because of a diagnosis of post-polio syndrome.Although she had a vision of God while paralyzed and knew that she would have the ability to overcome and be able to walk again she was told to quit her position with the VA after 20 years as a social worker. Thereafter, in February 2007 God spoke to Mary through poetry and inspirational poetry began pouring out. As she continued to visualize healing and connecting with God she began experiencing healing of mind, body and spirit. With intensive rehabilitation, lifestyle changes and harnessing her faith through prayer, writing poetry, meditation, visualization, and seeking out healers including an energy healer, a nurse healer on line and working with Dr Bernie Siegel she went on to run the 2009 Boston Marathon and raise $10,535 for Spaulding Rehab Hospital. She is now the author of two books on inspirational poetry including New World Greetings: Inspirational Poetry and Musing for a New World
published in December, 2007 and Set Sail for a New World: Healing a Life Through the Gift of Poetry (2010) and donates 20% of the proceeds to Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Program. Her dream is to see a polio free world in her lifetime.

Mary has been a guest at the Jordan Rich show on WBZ in Boston and was selected by Boston’s # 1 FM station Magic 106.7 as their Exceptional Woman. She was also a finalist for Brookline Woman of the Year 2010 and honored at their award ceremony Women Who Inspire Us. She has been featured on numerous blog talk radio shows, a presenter at the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival and a speaker at the Boston GreenFest 2010. She is the subject of a short film documentary Keeping the Pace: The Mary McManus Story. She is currently working on a third book on inspirational poetry with Dr Bernie Siegel. More information is available at: www.marymcmanus.com